What you'll do
Dive in, let's meet the sharks in this story-telling, shark smart quiz and creative drawing experience! Plus I will give you a copy of my book on sharks for free! First I'll share an amazing true story about an extraordinary shark named Maxine that I met while photographing sharks in an aquarium. Our meeting set a course of events in motion that changed both of our lives: Maxine was the catalyst that set me free from the rat race of the corporate world I was in to follow my dreams; and I satellite tagged Maxine and set her free after she had spent 9 years in captivity in an aquarium. Supported by compelling visuals, I'll share the journey we both followed to our freedom; I'll tell you why I fell in love with sharks, what role they play in the marine ecosystems, what threats they face, and why I need you to join me and become a Shark Warrior and help me to save them! I'll also share stories about my travels to photograph different species of sharks around the world, how I love freediving with sharks, and I'll let you in on secrets behind some of my crazy shark awareness campaigns. After a quick quiz to make sure you've become Shark Smart, we'll practice our creative skills and draw a picture of Maxine and her fishy friends. And as a gift to you from Maxine and me, I'll give you a copy of a book I wrote called 'SHARKS', an awesome educational resource for the whole family!
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I love the ocean and sharks! I'm an award-winning conservationist, best known as the Shark Warrior because of my passionate efforts in shark conservation. Because I wanted to help save the oceans I founded a nonprofit organisation, AfriOceans, which focuses on ocean conservation. I'm also an author of children's books and educational books, an underwater and wildlife photographer, and a dive travel and expedition leader. I love freediving with sharks! I'm proud to be a Fellow of The Explorers Club, an inductee of the Women Divers Hall of Fame, and a PADI Ambassadiver. I established Shark Warrior Adventures, a responsible tourism business and self-funding initiative of AfriOceans that aims to reconnect people to Nature through transformative wildlife experiences. I love sharing my passion for the oceans, and of sharks in particular.
About the organization
AfriOceans Conservation Alliance
Established in 2003, AfriOceans Conservation Alliance is a registered nonprofit organisation known globally for its unique campaign work, exciting research projects, and education and awareness initiatives. We are leaders in marine-focused environmental education in South Africa, we conduct R-E-A-L projects: Research, Education, Awareness, Lobbying. Thanks for supporting us!
This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to AfriOceans Conservation Alliance .
What to bring
A smartphone, laptop, or tablet with stable internet connection to watch the live stream
An inquiring mind
Activity requirement: pencils, pens and/or crayons, 2 x blank sheets of paper
How to participate
Join a video call
Download Zoom for free on a desktop or mobile device. After you book, you’ll receive an email with a link and details on how to join.
"Because we're in lockdown, and I can't take you for a dive with sharks, this experience takes place in my home, Soulmate by the Sea, which overlooks False Bay, the home of the mighty Great white sharks! From here I will lead you on a virtual experience through magical kelp forests, warm tropical waters, and the icy Arctic to meet and learn about all kinds of different sharks, and one very special shark in particular."
Book a private group
Want to join with just your family and friends? Lesley will host a private group for up to 10 guests starting at $98.
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You’ll need an internet connection and the ability to stream audio and video to participate. A link and details on how to join will be included in your booking confirmation email. Up to 10 guests ages 5 and up can attend.
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